First, it is NEVER a good idea to just THROW multiple new dogs into a household, no matter how well behaved the dogs might be. The dogs have to be CAREFULLY INTRODUCED in a NEUTRAL territory away from both the home and the yard- which I am sure was NOT DONE.
Secondly, the dogs from his parents WERE NOT well...
Best answer: First, it is NEVER a good idea to just THROW multiple new dogs into a household, no matter how well behaved the dogs might be. The dogs have to be CAREFULLY INTRODUCED in a NEUTRAL territory away from both the home and the yard- which I am sure was NOT DONE.
Secondly, the dogs from his parents WERE NOT well behaved. They were rowdy and fought or scuffled often - which you say UPSET his dog When dog fights break out, dogs often pile up on one dog - and this may have happened in this case.
It takes remarkably little to hurt a small dog or animal. It can be suffocated by simply being grabbed around the ribcage. There is no way to know who started it- and whether it was fighting or rowdy play. It is also possible they were playing, since you woke up and had heard NOTHING to warn you of say a major dog fight.
Further. all of you broke another CARDINAL RULE IN DOGS: it is NEVER recommended to ever put dogs together in a household that weigh more than 25 pounds more than each other, due to the high likelihood of injury, even in play.
In that you (plural) did not choose to confine the dogs, when you could not watch them (by crating or any other means) there was no way to avoid a problem - whether in play or due to aggression or resource guarding. The incident could (also) have occurred while you were at the grocery store or at work.
Your Dane is quite large and very unlikely to die from a single puncture wound, unlike a small dog. It will depend on again how the dog is introduced to his dog and whether your dog is OPPOSITE gender (which is best) in this situation. I would make sure the remaining parental dog is out of the household first.
BF's dog should never have been asked to deal with TWO INVADING dogs to his home and territory. If all were male; even worse. Further, if his dog is not neutered, it needs to happen, ASAP. Neutered dogs bite people and other dogs => 75% LESS OFTEN.
A refresher obedience course for BOTH your dog and his, might also be advisable, since you will both need good control and good manners in the dogs, if you do a combined household.
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